Ukraine is ready to discuss with Russia the modernization of the Minsk agreements with the consent of the United States to act as a mediator in these negotiations. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories of the country Oleksiy Reznikov on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.
"This is a document signed under the barrel of a pistol or machine gun, or even a tank gun. But we are ready to sit down at the negotiating table, to discuss, through mediation, let's say, if they agree, including Americans, and we will welcome it," Reznikov said.
According to him, the Russian authorities admitted that the Minsk agreements "are not an honest agreement."
As we reported earlier, Ambassador Y. Halit Çevik, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine stated threefold increase in ceasefire violations in Donbas.
The security situation in eastern Ukraine is not improving and challenges are becoming acute,” said Ambassador Y. Halit Çevik.
"The Mission has observed a threefold increase in ceasefire violations since my last report,” said Çevik. Fighting has taken place in more locations along the contact line, and there has been a noticeable rise in the use of more lethal and destructive weapons, and with it greater damage to civilian infrastructure. The Chief Monitor also stressed that the deterioration of the security situation in two disengagement areas was particularly regrettable, as these were symbols of the sides’ commitments to peaceful resolution," the message says.